violin and viola

Redefining the role of the violin in contemporary music, Tracy Silverman has contributed significantly to the repertoire and development of the 6-string electric violin and what he calls “post-classical violin playing.” Lauded by BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin”, Silverman’s groundbreaking work defies musical boundaries. Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School. Silverman is the dedicatee of several electric violin concertos composed specifically for him by Pulitzer winner John Adams, “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley, Nico Muhly and Kenji Bunch, as well as the composer of 3 electric violin concertos of his own. He has performed as a soloist with the world’s finest orchestras at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Adelaide’s Festival Theatre, Sao Paulo’s Auditorio Ibirapuera, The Hollywood Bowl and Vienna’s Musikverein among many others. A true eclectic, Silverman has recorded with the Nashville Symphony under Giancarlo Guerrero, the BBC Symphony with John Adams, the Detroit Symphony with Neeme Jarvi, with composer/pianist Terry Riley, the rock band Guster, contemporary music’s Paul Dresher Ensemble, jazz legend Billy Taylor, Grammy-winning percussionist Roy “Futureman” Wooten, and the Calder String Quartet, among many others. Silverman has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop, the Pacific Symphony with Carl St. Clair, as well as the Montreal Symphony, Stuttgart Staatsorchester, and many others. He made his debut with the Chicago Symphony at age 13. Silverman’s work as a composer includes performances by the Wichita Symphony, Anchorage Symphony, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Sarasota Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony and chamber works performed and recorded by the Alias Chamber Ensemble among many others. TV/internet and radio includes a solo Tiny Desk Concert on NPR, Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday, A Prairie Home Companion and a profile on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. Mark Swed of the LA Times enthused, “Brilliant. Inspiring. Silverman is in a class of his own.” The Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein raved, “Blazing virtuosity. You will be astonished that anybody can play a fiddle like that” and Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, wrote, “Fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix.” A long-standing advocate for music education, Silverman is the author of The Strum Bowing Method, is an in-demand clinician, and on the string faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.